THE LOWER EAST SIDE – With the recent announcement of Slate Property Group’s sale of Rivington House for $160 million to a mystery buyer, Council Member Margaret S. Chin issued the following statement:

“Three years after the problematic sale of Rivington House shook the Lower East Side community, our neighbors have been fighting tooth and nail to make sure that the critical health services that Rivington House has provided for 20 years for our most vulnerable community members continue.

It is deeply upsetting that over and over again the real estate industry has used Rivington House as a profit-making venture, continuously playing hot potato with this property, and lining their own pockets at the expense of the community—while constantly keeping everyone in the dark.

My office has been leading an effort to hold Allure accountable to what was agreed to in the settlement, and working with Community Board 3 and the Neighbors to Save Rivington House to return much-needed nursing home beds to the community. We need transparency now, and I demand the new owner to publicly come forward immediately and make a case to residents for how it will be a community partner.”